1. Lyssa unboxing Starcraft 2 on Sunday at lunch.

    03 August 2010

    At long last, Starcraft II.

    The front cover folds out to reveal more about the story.

    DVD-ROM in its sleeve and what passes for the manual.

    Bonus: a notepad bearing wanted posters for Jim Raynor.

    We also ran into something all too common at lunch that Sunday whilst leafing through the contents of her just-purchased copy of Starcraft 2. I happened to be leafing through what passes for the game's manual (which is largely a recap of what happened during the origial Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War). At one point our waiter came up to refill our drinks and made …

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  2. Platform independence.

    02 August 2010

    The only thing that Java coders spend more time on than the user interface is the code in the installer that detects which variant of the JRE you're running and errors out because there are three extra characters in the canonical name of the JRE binary? Wasn't the whole point of Java to have a language that could be implemented everywhere and execute in any runtime environment that adhered to the spec?

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  3. Canonical Wikileaks URLs and SSL certificate fingerprints.

    31 July 2010

    Official Wikileaks document submission URLs:

    https://sunshinepress.org/
    http://suw74isz7wqzpmgu.onion/ (Tor only)

    Source: /pictures/the_next_hope-2010/img_1624.jpg, taken 17 July 2010 at the keynote address. Image taken of Jacob Appelbaum's presentation slide.

    Official SHA-256, SHA-1, and MD5 fingerprints of the Wikileaks document submission URLs:

    SHA-256:
    85:C3:77:8E:7F:BC:96:42:CF:EE:03:B0:AC:4A:2A:26:
    15:18:CB:50:41:EC:7A:2A:CC:9F:56:60:67:94:04:7E

    SHA-1:
    68:C3:4B:3D:05:7A:53:E3:8C:FE:
    71:F1:30:3D:8A:AD:8E:33:0A:76

    MD5 …

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  4. Thought for the day.

    30 July 2010

    If your morning divination returns the following result, maybe you should call off sick and go back to bed:

    "We're sorry, but your call did not go through. Please check the directory and try your call again later. Code 1-7."

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  5. Better late than never: The Next HOPE

    27 July 2010

    I got home from work early last Thursday afternoon after putting in a couple of hours at work to wrap things up and ensure that nothing would crash, blow up, or spontaneously develop sentience and go on a rampage through the city while I was taking a long weekend in New York City to attend The Next HOPE conference, thrown by 2600 Magazine once again. Unfortunately, this meant taking a couple of phone calls on the way home and throwing a suitcase of stuff together at the last minute so that Hasufin, Mika, and I could then drive to the …

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